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Sustainable Tourism Development: A Case of Cumalikizik, Turkey

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The objective of this article is to present efforts designed to protect the integrity of a historical town amid invasive urban development. The 700-year-old Ottoman village of Cumalikizik in Bursa, Turkey was chosen as an example. Cumalikizik is a unique village with the characteristic architectural structure and traditional life style, which has been able to preserve its structure physically against all the changes experienced. The Local Agenda 21 Cumalikizik, a volunteer organization, has been involved in implementing a project that aims to conserve and revitalize this unique heritage. It is expected that if this national heritage is left to its own destiny it would disappear in the near future. The current planning efforts are directed towards achieving a sustainable tourism development that would preserve this authentic Ottoman village and the life style of its residents.

Keywords: Key words: Sustainable tourism; Preservation revit

Document Type: Short Communication


Affiliations: 1: *University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey and Visiting Scholar, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843 2: †Historic Resources Imaging Laboratory, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 3: ‡Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Mail Stop 2261, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2261

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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